Kia Seltos is one of the most talked about cars in the Indian car market. In a short span of time it has managed to reach over 40,000 homes. Thanks to the premium styling, comfort and advanced safety and technology features, the Seltos has managed to beat its rivals to become the segment leader. The Kia Seltos is also Team BHP’s Car of the Year 2019. Now, Kia is working on the electric version of its best selling Seltos and it remains to be seen if it brings it to India.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Kia will showcase the Seltos EV in the upcoming months. As some reports suggest, the testing phase of the prototype has already been commenced. It will be sold globally, alongside the petrol and diesel variants. Codenamed as SP2 EV, the Seltos EV might share its underpinning from the Kia Soul EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric. As a result, its expected to get the same 201 bhp and 64 KWh battery pack. The expected range will be lesser as compared to Kona’s 452 km. The official details are yet to be revealed.
WHEN WILL BE THE LAUNCH AND PRODUCTION?
The Seltos is currently manufactured in Anantpur plant in India as well as the Gwangju plant in South Korea. Kia is believed to be focusing on the Asian markets including its home market, South Korea and the largest EV market, China for the Seltos. The production run is expected from August 2020. Kia will initially produce only 10,000 units and may ramp up the production, depending on the demand. India might receive the EV too, but not before 2021. It will have nearly the same design as the regular Seltos apart from some slight cosmetic changes. With the launch of Seltos EV, Kia will expand its EV portfolio to three, as it already sells the Niro EV and the Soul EV.
Presently the Seltos retails in the price bracket of Rs. 9.69 – Rs. 16.34 Lakhs (Ex showroom Delhi). We can expect the Seltos EV to be priced in line with the Hyundai Kona.
Once launched, the Seltos EV will be challenged by the MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona EV.
MORE EVs TO COME
There are many EVs lined up in the Indian car market, beginning from the Tata Nexon EV, MG eZS, Mahindra XUV 300, Kia Soul EV, Tata Altroz EV, Mahindra eKUV 100, Maruti Suzuki Futuro-E, Ora R1 and Renault Zoe.
MORE FROM KIA
Kia is also gearing up for the launch of its second product for India- the Carnival, a luxury MPV that will be launched in early 2020 via the CBU route. A subcompact SUV codenamed, QYi, that will rival the Vitara Brezza will be launched later on in the same year.
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